THE Gympie cricket A Grade final between Wests and Harlequins went down to the wire on Sunday afternoon, but it was Wests that was able to get their hands on the Cooloola Civil Constructions Cup.
Wests won the toss and batted first on a pitch that offered a little assistance to the bowlers, but also played well enough for the batsmen.
The innings got off to a smooth start for Wests as Neil McKean rode some luck to post 41 before being given out.
From there, Harlequins steadily took wickets to have Wests all out for 196.
Tim Kross and Craig Sorrell led the way for Harlequins, taking four and three wickets respectively.
Wayne Sleeman made a valuable lower-order contribution for Wests, compiling 35 runs.
Harlequins set about the run chase in fine style and at the end of play on Saturday looked in the box seat, with no wickets down for 26 runs.
Wests came back though on Sunday, taking a steady flow of wickets to have Harlequins requiring 20 runs for victory with just one wicket in hand.
Six runs later, Wests cleaned up the tail to win the trophy.
Brett Sorrell was top scorer for Harlequins while Brett Long was on fire with the ball, taking five wickets for 65 from 25 overs.
Wests’ skipper Neil McKean yesterday said the match could have gone either way, but his team was able to make the big plays at the right times. “The two best teams of the year played in the final and it turned out to be a close one, which is what everyone wanted,” McKean said.
“I said before the match, catches win match, and both teams dropped a few, but I think we held ours when it mattered.
“It really could have gone either way, right to the end – it was a good final, played in good spirit.
“I feel a bit sorry for (Harlequins’) Joe Laffey. I think he said that would be his last game of A Grade and he has been a very good player or a long time.”
Wests’ Reserve Grade made it a double for the club, overcoming Valleys.
In C Grade, Valleys got home over Tin Can Bay.